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Published on August 29th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

Ninth Doctor Goes Gold!

Well, what did you expect?!

The latest Doctor Who series – starring of course Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper – will be repeated on UK Gold from 23rd October, reports the BBC Official Doctor Who site:

The repeats kick off at 7pm on Sunday 23 October 2005 with Rose, The End Of The World and The Unquiet Dead. A further two episodes will be screened each day throughout the week, concluding with Bad Wolf and The Parting Of The Ways on Friday 28 October 2005.

Weekend repeats of each episode begin straight after – Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 9pm.

Meanwhile, in our forum:

Question – is there a case for the series suffering from over-exposure?

The Financial Times reports that former BBC Director General Lord Birt (now “strategy adviser” to Mr Blair…) claims that modern media carrying technology poses a “looming, intensifying threat” to the BBC’s Public Service broadcaster credentials.

The former BBC director-general predicted that battles to control the delivery of media to mobile devices and to homes would pose an “awesome challenge” for public service broadcasters trying to maintain their universality in an increasingly fragmented environment.

The growth of broadband, wireless devices and personal video recorders would prompt “a new battle of the boxes”, between BT and BSkyB, which would also pose challenges to policy makers, he said.

ITV’s loss of market share to new channels had left it “clinging on to the public service tradition by its fingertips,” while intensified competition would diminish Channel 4’s ability to invest and take risks, Lord Birt argued. “On the current path, we are heading for an inevitability: the BBC . . . will be close to the monopoly [public service] supplier it once was before 1955 – a bleak prospect.”

Lord Birt said that he was speaking “purely in a personal capacity”. But his insistence that it was vital that Channel 4 be “sufficiently well funded to snap at the heels of the BBC” and his praise for competition in programme supply from the independent production sector are likely to be seen as support for “top slicing” – a proposal to allocate part of the BBC’s licence fee to commercial broadcasters to fund public interest programmes.

A BBC spokeman said “we welcome his support for a creatively strong and well-funded BBC as part of a flourishing UK public service broadcasting ecology.”

Naturally the health of the BBC is in the best interests of Doctor Who fans – it is only since the recent reviews of the corporation that public service broadcasting and the provision of watchable, challenging television that we have received new Doctor Who.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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